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Taken on a recent trip to Twycroft zoo, would like to say he was sunbathing but it was typical summer weather!!
300mm 1/250 @ f5.6
All C&C appreciated....Sarah

Camera:KM 7d
Lens:75 - 300
Recording media:ISO200
Title:Leopard
Username:SarahV SarahV
Uploaded:29 Aug 2006 - 10:14 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Leopard, Pets / captive animals, Twycroft, Wildlife / nature
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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2006 - 12:30 AM

Its a solid shot and has everything there to be a great presentation with a little work. I offer you the following changes to be made to give the shot a boost. I use adobe CS2

1. Reduce shadows by 50% and increase highlights by 40%.
2. Increase saturation by +20
3. Sharpen 3 pixels deep at 100%
4. Select BG only and run a surface blur.
5. Decrease midtone input levels to 0.95
6. Increase contrast +10

Greg

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2006 - 5:38 AM

It's a nice shot but I find it a all a bit soft and unsure where the plane of focus lies...

I might try blurring out the background more with a gausian blur and then use the smart sharpen feature on the animal.

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SarahV
SarahV  9
30 Aug 2006 - 7:31 AM

The original problem with this image was that the Leopard was behind glass, making focus VERY soft.

C_Daniels - thanks for your input, I'd already applied the 'tweaks' suggested and agree with your comment re focus.

Greg - I bow to your greater wisdom!
I have applied the suggested changes and am looking at a different photo. THANKYOU

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2006 - 9:06 PM

Your quite welcome, glad I could be of assistance.

Greg

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